A tribute to Franz Beckenbauer- the legend.

The word ‘legend’ is bandied about too easily these days, but German football has lost a real legend with the news that Franz Beckenbauer has passed away at the age of 78. Serial Bundesliga winner with FC Bayern, European Championship and World Cup winner as a player, as well as a World Cup winning coach, there are not enough words to pay adequate tribute to ‘der Kaiser’ so we’ll pay homage in pictorial form and bring you some of the most iconic moments from a life lived at the very top of the game.

An 18-year-old Franz Beckenbauer makes his FC Bayern debut in June 1964 as the club push for promotion to the Bundesliga
1966 sees Bayern win the DFB Pokal and Beckenbauer is crowned Player of the Year in the nascent Bundesliga.
A World Cup final at the age of 20. His time would come to get his hands on the trophy.
A first Bundesliga Meisterschale in 1969 as captain.
European champion with Germany in 1972, a first European Cup with Bayern in 1974 and the World Cup in 1974.
On top of the world at the Olympiastadion 1974
1977. After 585 appearances for Bayern, it is off to America for Franz
In the NASL he was team mate of Pele as he won three Championships with New York Cosmos
1980 brought a return to the Bundesliga with Hamburger SV
A World Cup winner as a manager with West Germany in 1990
Back at home. Der Kaiser leads Bayern to the 1994 Bundesliga title as coach.
Beckenbauer was instrumental in helping Germany win the hosting of the 2006 World Cup. It would however also bring long-term problems with allegations of corruption
Mr. Bayern Munich
RIP legend.
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Former writer at Goal.com and JustFootball, I've been doing my thing for Bundesliga Fanatic since 2015. A long-suffering Werder Bremen fan and disciple of the Germanic holy trinity...Bier. Wurst und Fußball